Quay X Desi Perkins High Key Sunglasses - Black Fade

Hi Beauties!

I finally purchased a pair of sunglasses that was designed in collaboration with YouTube star Desi Perkins and Quay Australia.  Desi is my favourite Youtuber; I love her work and there is no exception with this collab.  I've wanted the style High Key since it came out in 2016 and for some reason, I always thought the sunglasses weren't available to us Canadians and I never bothered to look into it.  Every time I went to the States,  I would check Nordstrom or Bloomingdales but couldn't find them.  When pictures of the Black Fades surfaced online, I knew I had to have them.  It turns out that Quay Australia does ship to Canada but at a heavy price point.  I thought I would share my shopping experience as well as some pics so you can see how they look on.  

The glasses retail for $65 USD and is currently back in stock on Quayaustralia.com.  You can also shop these at Nordstrom and Bloomingdales.  The modern-day aviator features an oversized metal frame and reflective flat gradient lens.  It also has silicone nose pads, thin metal arms and stainless steel hinges.  They come in a chic clear case and cleaning cloth with the collab name printed on it.  They are quality sunglasses that don't feel or look cheap.  They don't feel like luxury glasses either which is what I'm used to wearing but they cost a fraction of the price.  They wear very comfortably with the exception of the mark on the nose from the nose pads.  

Sunglasses are my favourite accessory and have become a staple in my wardrobe especially aviators.  They can dress up any outfit and achieve a cool, glamorous or trendy fashion statement.   The High Key - Fades does all of the above.  I just wish it didn't cost me so much.  The price point is set correctly but with the additional shipping and duty, it makes me question if it is worth it.  Shipping fees were $15 which brought the total purchase price to $80 USD which in turn costs me roughly around $110 CAD that I was totally fine with.  However, to my surprise, I had to pay $26 in duty costing me a total of over $130 CAD for the glasses.  With that said, I think it's worth it without the incidental costs.  I wouldn't mind picking up another pair but only if I can find them in the States to avoid the shipping and duty fees.

 

Have you purchased from Quay Australia before?  What are your thoughts?

Samantha 

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MAC X Beauty Guru - Samantha Ravndahl Lipstick for Spring/Summer 2017: Photos, Review and Swatches

Hi Beauties!

Mac Cosmetics has collaborated with 10 beauty influencers to create their own shades of lipstick.  Today I will be talking about the collab with Samantha Ravndahl.  Samantha is a beauty YouTuber that I've been following for years.  She is outspoken and I love her wit.  Not to mention she is a Canadian like myself and shares the same name as me.  I actually met her a couple years ago and she was really down to earth.  The lipstick launched on April 22nd and will only be available in Canada through July 2017 for $21.

"Internationally adored beauty influencers indulge in the ultimate colour fantasy: creating their own M·A·C Lipstick shades! Samantha Ravndahl, fearless, outspoken and unabashedly honest, has established herself as Canada’s supreme arbiter of cool, channeling a vibe that takes full force in her sheer nude Lipstick."

I'm going to be totally biased and say I love this lipstick due to the mere fact that it has my name on it.  All jokes aside, the lipstick is described as light shell pink with a cremesheen finish.  It is light pink with warm undertones.  I do enjoy Mac's cremesheen lipsticks over their matte finishes.  The formula is lightweight, creamy and leaves a natural sheen.  Similar to other cremesheen lipsticks, this one is semi-opaque with buildable coverage.   This shade does not wear well on it's own on me but looks so pretty when swatched.  I need a different base to not make it look so pale on.  I seen Samantha swatch this lipstick on her snapchat with different lip liners and the possibilities were endless.  I have been wearing it over nude and pink liners/lipsticks to get the most out of it.

You can shop Samantha's lipstick here.  Have you picked up this lipstick or any of the other beauty guru's lipsticks?  Let me know below.

Samantha

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*Thanks to Mac Cosmetics for providing this sample to share with my readers.  

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Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Summer 2017 - Photos and Swatches

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The Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip set is perfect for all nude lovers.  The set contains multi brand lipsticks and lipglosses in an array of nude shades.  With 6 lipsticks, 1 full and 5 deluxe size products, this set is a great way to sample the best selling nudes from these brands.  The set retails for $33 CAD and is available across all Sephora stores.

This set contains:

  •  Anastasia Beverly Hills® Lip Gloss in Kristen (cool desert sand)
  •  Marc Jacobs Beauty’s Enamored Hi Shine Lip Lacquer in Sugar Sugar (champagne-gold shimmer)
  •  NARS Cosmetics Velvet Lip Glide in Bound (rose pink)
  •  Tarte Lippie Lingerie matte tint in Revealed (light mocha)
  •  Urban Decay Vice Waterproof Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Trivial (matte pink nude)                                             
  • Too Faced Injection Glossy in Spice Girl (Pink Nude)
L- R - ABH Kristen, TF Spice Girl, MJ Sugar, Sugar, UD Trivial, Tarte Revealed, Nars Bound

L- R - ABH Kristen, TF Spice Girl, MJ Sugar, Sugar, UD Trivial, Tarte Revealed, Nars Bound

These sets can be a hit or miss sometimes but all of these shades are wearable on me and I'm really liking them, mainly because most of them are pink nudes.  I've been wanting to try out the Marc Jacobs Lip Lacquers as I've heard great reviews and Too Faced's Injection which is a lip plumping gloss, so I'm glad I was able to get my hands on this set.  I already own a few of the Anastasia's glosses and Tarte's Lippie Lingerie's and I think the formula is great.  You may already know this but I'm a glossy type of girl so I love the different options in this set. I was concerned with the Marc Jacobs shade not working for me but it actually looks great over a nude base.  Overall, I think this is a great set that offers different nudes in a variety of finishes.  The price point is also very reasonable.  You can shop this set here.

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Sephora VIB 2017 Sale Haul

Hi Beauties!

Today I will be sharing my haul from the recent Sephora VIB sale.  Fair warning, my haul is not huge as I was trying to be good;  although I did end up purchasing a few more items than planned.  There were only two products that I really wanted but I was only able to get my hands on one.  I called every Sephora within 50 km to locate the Anastasia Beverly Hills Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit but it was sold out everywhere and won’t be back in stock until May 8th.  Nonetheless, I’m happy with my purchases so let’s get started.

Tarte Magic Wands Brush Set

This was one of the items I really wanted and I’m so glad I was able to get my hands on this limited edition set.  I love the look of the unicorn-horn handles, it’s just beautiful and the bristles are so soft.  Read more here.

Tarte Spellbound Sprinkle Face and Body Glitter

I’ve been loving loose body glitters since I purchased the Touch my Body Powder from the Mac Mariah Carey collection (see here).  As that one is limited edition, I tend to not use it as much so I thought this one would be a great addition to my rotation.  Don’t let the size of the container fool you, this highlighter adds a great punch.  A little really does go a long way and it is very affordable (see a swatch here).

Sephora Favorites – Give me Some Nude Lip

I’ve always wanted to buy one of these sets but they sell out so fast or sometimes the items are a hit or miss.  This set has very wearable colours and some brands that I’ve been wanting to try out.  The set comes with 6 lipsticks, 5 deluxe and one full sized.  I will have a full review including swatches on these.

Smashbox Be Legendary Liquid Lip - Petal Metal

This lipstick is described as a liquid lipstick that is rich in colour and has a high shine finish.  Petal Metal is described as metallic rose gold shade.  It is so beautiful and makes a great lip topper on nude lipsticks.  It gives the appearance as if you put a powder highlighter on your lips.  The metallic finish adds dimension to the lips making them appear fuller in size when applied to the center.

Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam

I've heard so many great things about this brand so I picked up this dry shampoo during the sale to test it out.  It is a waterless foam that is meant to remove oil and product buildup.  It works well on second, third or fourth day hair.  I've used it a couple of times and it adds volume while masking any oil.  My hair tends to get really oily on third day hair and the foam helps to refresh my hair and extend another day of unwashed hair.   I really like the foam formula, it is light weight and doesn't leave any white residue like most dry shampoos. Unfortunately after using this a handful of times, the aerosol has clogged and is broken.  I will try to unclog it but if I can't, I will be returning it.   

That's all for my VIB sale haul.  I didn't go to crazy and so far I'm loving everything that I purchased.  What did you pick up?

Samantha

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Coachella (festival) Makeup Look

Hi Beauties,

Here's a Coachella inspired makeup look I created.  You can watch the tutorial below.

Products Used:

Face:
LA Girl Orange Corrector
Wet n Wild Foundation - Amber Beige
Tom Ford Foundation Stick - Caramel
Pixi Rose Oil Blend
Tarte Shape Tape - Medium
Ben NYE Banana Powder

Cheeks:
Too Faced Chocolate SoleBronzer
Nars Irresistiblement
Mac Sea Me, Hear Me Blush
Tarte Courage Blush
Colourpop Parasol a Highlighter
Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild Glow Kit
Artist Couture Gold Digger

Eyes:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna and World Traveler Palette
Stila Magnificent Glitter Liquid Shadow - Karma Kitten
NYX Vivid Brights Liner - Sapphire
Tarte Tarteist Black Clay Paint
Salon Perfect 614 Lashes
ABH Chocolate Promade and Benefit Precisley, My Brow

Lips:
Lord & Berry - Rose liner
Anastasia Beverly Hills Lovely
Stila Magnificent Glitter Liquid Shadow - Karma Kitten

Body:
Mac Touch my Body Powder
ABH So Hollywood

Brushes:
Sigma E30, F89, F79, F06, E40
Morphe M495,  M310, R37, M173
 Anastasia Beverly Hills A23
Real techniques blush brush
Elf eyeshadow brush
Wet and wild contour and blending brush
Tarte foundation brush
Bdellium tools 716, 785
Luxie 213

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MAKE UP FOR EVER's Artist Liquid Matte Lipsticks - 103, 105, 107 Review and Swatches

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The new Artist Liquid Matte Lipsticks are the latest addition to MAKE UP FOR EVER's growing range of lip products.  The new dreamy liquid matte lipsticks are perfect for the Spring days ahead of us.  There are six shades in this line ranging from nude and pink shades.  Each lipstick retails for $25 and is sold at Sephora.

These liquid lipsticks are long lasting and have great colour payoff.  The formula is light and comfortable and dries to an opaque matte finish.  They contain beeswax to assist with the long wear and it also contains avocado oil to help nourish the lips.

Colour descriptions:

101 - Cream Beige                

103 - Warm Beige                

105 - Rosewood

107 - Neutral Beige     

109 - Praline

203 - Cold Pink           

I was sent three shades which you will see swatches below.

As pretty as these lipsticks looked swatched, they don't look the same on my lips.  I'm not sure if it is my tan from my recent trip to Barbados but the lipsticks look almost clay like on me, possibly because they contain mineral clay.  It makes my lips look like concealer lips.  I do however, really enjoy the formula as it is light weight and very pigmented.  I've been pairing the lipsticks with a gloss to get a better match.  I will try wearing these alone again once my tan fades.  Perhaps the more pink toned shades would match my complexion better at this time.  Having said that, I would recommend these if you're looking for a comfortable liquid matte lipstick.

Have you tried any of the MUFE liquid mattes?

Samantha

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